Mercedes Schneider has a Ph.D. In statistics. She teaches in St. Tammany Parish in Louisiana. Recently, she has discovered that the Louisiana Department of Education has engaged in fancy statistical manipulation of test scores and school grades. The bottom line is that the public is getting spin and hype from that agency, not trustworthy data about student achievement.

In this post, Mercedes explains her efforts to get honest data from the Department. She was thwarted repeatedly.

Louisiana is a beautiful state with wonderful culture and warm people.

For generations, Louisiana has had a reputation as one of the most corrupt state governments in the nation. Plus Ca change, plus c’est la meme chose.